Honpukuji Temple
Honpukuji Temple
3.5

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bangkokcassidy
bangkok218 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Been wanting to see this temple for years. Arrived and met a travelling group of acrobats and performance artists hanging out around the lotus pond area, striking poses and taking pictures of themselves. Once they left, the quiet and meditative atmosphere of the temple was restored. People come, stay five minutes and leave. But his place deserves more. It is for meditation and listening to the wind and viewing the sea. A delightful place, if the tourists leave it alone.
Written 6 November 2019
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Sue T
Canberra, Australia951 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Loved the architecture by Tadao Ando - his use of stone, concrete, water, colour. A visual delight. Well worth visiting if you are on Awaji.
Written 14 October 2019
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Warner L
Pasadena, CA668 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Solo
This temple is attached to an old existing temple and has an unusual effect. you are standind looking at the reflection of the bamboo and adjoining neighborhood in the water and below this image is a temple; much like other temples in Japan, but this one is hidden from site by water above. you enter thru a tunnel going down through the center of the pool. Sort of haunting. I liked the whole idea and feeling.
Written 2 April 2018
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Eric161200
Amsterdam38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Solo
It’s called the watertemple. This modern temple, an addition to an excistent classical temple, is an place to be silent, to contemplate and to enjoy the brilliance of Tadao Ando.
Worth the travel from Kobe. You can reach it from Shin Kobe and Sannomiya station Kobe by bus. From Sannomiya bus no 4 to Awaji, get out at Oiso port, then walk for 10-15 minutes.
Written 26 November 2017
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travellerfromatown
Allentown, PA2,848 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Couples
This is a different temple, designed by Ando. The concrete and vermillion-colored woodwork are unusual materials, and the design. including the meandering entrance and position under a lotus pond, is unusual. But I for one, was not moved. To each his own, I guess.
Written 18 October 2017
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semanticvision
Los Angeles, CA4,737 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
Ando is famous to play with your perception, his architecture always has the surprise element and this one does it to the max. You entered through the entrance not expecting much, then the pond emerged into your view, and then the stair case tasked you in to the middle of the pond underground to the temple. Sublime!
Written 7 August 2017
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Ann D
Littleton, CO105 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
Unusual and beautiful water temple designed by Tadao Ando. A very peaceful and serene complex, beautiful water lillies flowering in the water. To enter the temple you go down a flight of stairs in the middle of the circle of water. You have to pay to enter the temple which is a red wooden circular structure.
Written 23 June 2017
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Zann_w
Hong Kong, China366 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Couples
Stunning rouge interior design was found when you got near to the Shrine. And the electrical heated incense amused me while I was doing my prayer, soothing smell and peace environment with. A remarkable visit, the architectural design appeared elegantly before my eyes. It would be much worth to pay a visit in summer again for the lotus pool blossoms in Jul to Aug.

Just one advise raised due to my poor knowledge of transportation to this spot. Do Not Trust Google Map by saying that you can reach the spot by 20 minutes walk after you arrived Awaji Yumebutai Hotel. Just don't. It was exactly 20 minutes bus journey plus 10 mins walk after dropping off the bus to there. If you walk, I doubt you can reach the Temple in 50 minutes walk. Check the timetable of buses and plan well before you go, otherwise you would get a harsh hit esp during Mercury Retrograde like what I suffered from - ie waited buses for an hour under extreme chill weather and rain.
Written 25 September 2016
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BKoo
Hong Kong, China88 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2014 • Couples
Amazing architecture again by Tadao Ando - you will take lots of pictures trust me! To visit the inside of the temple costs 400 yen, but the essence really is in the exterior.
Written 7 September 2014
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JTK595
Brussels, Belgium87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Solo
I saw a documentary on this temple and promised myself to go and see it if I ever went to Japan. Had my chance in June and even though it was not easy to access by public transport and the signage was almost non-existant, I eventually found it.
I was lucky to have the temple for myself as was visiting in the morning. I have to admit I am a fan of Tadao Ando anyway but this building is so serene and delicate, it is absolutely worth the hassle to get there.
Written 4 September 2014
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